Wilderness has a reputation for stellar food, thanks to its food programmer Clare Isaacs, who works with chefs all year. The line-up this year included Sam Buckley, James Lowe, Tim Spedding and Santiago Lastra, all at chef's table. Lazy Susan was also lucky enough to join hundreds of carousing diners at the All Star Banquet - where Tomos Parry, Lee Tiernan, Merlin Labron-Johnson, Robin Gill and Terri Mercieca delivered a magical feast. Parry's trout cooked over cedar was elegance itself.
Lazy Susan has always loved ROKA so was delighted to have the opportunity to return this week ‘en famille’ to their Aldwych site. Starting with a sashimi platter, Susan helped herself to fatty tuna and seabass before moving on to a tremendously sized maki platter (pictured) containing soft shell crab and crispy prawn. Not one to miss out on meat, Susan also had a serving of wagyu maki with caviar washed down with hot saki. Irasshaimase!
Restaurateur Soren Jessen, owner of 1 Lombard Street and Ekte, has opened a new restaurant within Fora Borough. Børealis is serving up Danish food in swish modern Skandi interiors. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a selection of smørrebrød followed by a hearty portion of Frikadeller with mashed potato, creamy gravy, lingonberries and pickled cucumber.
The Dumbwaiter could happily eat a plate of pasta every day. Alas, he’s got to keep an eye on his waistline, but if he did want a daily plate of carbs then Lina Stores would be his go-to spot. The Greek Street restaurant that has been opened by the people behind the Italian deli on Brewer Street is not only easy on the eye but its menu is a joy to read. Go and order all the pastas.
It doesn’t seem long since The Dumbwaiter was cosying up in a 20 seater shipping container with Kricket about to fly the nest from Pop Brixton. Fast forward just over a year and Rik and Will are gearing up to open a third permanent site in White City’s Television Centre. At the counter at Kricket Soho The Dumbwaiter fell in love with the samphire pakoras all over again. Still buzzing at 11pm – it’s not hard to see why.
Turbot's not just a London thing: it was on the menu, and tasting fabulous served with tomatoes and samphire, at The Pig on the Beach in Studland, Dorset. Lazy Susan was delighted to sink into a sofa with a coupe of Hambledon fizz before dinner to study the menu at the quirky, cosy seaside spot and the fish jumped out, so to speak.
En route to the theatre this week The Dumbwaiter dropped into Londrino for an early dinner and was blown away, yet again, by the food on offer. Plump, fresh smoked trout was a sensation as was potato noodles with salt cod. However, it was a the grilled seabass head with vinaigrette that left the biggest impression. Just wonderful.